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Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Four Weapons
Combat Master
I would like to thank you for your interest in Front Sight Firearms Training Institute.

You probably have not heard of me before. I’m not a competitive shooter. I have not written any gun articles or published any books. I have not served in the military and I do not have any law enforcement experience. In fact, prior to 1988, I was just your average gun enthusiast. Then one evening, a group of anti-socials drove through my quiet neighborhood and blasted away at everything that represented the fruits of a decent work ethic.

During this random, drive-by shooting spree, I was struck by a sudden and frightening realization. Although I owned firearms and shot them regularly at the range, I was never taught the skills required to use a gun when it is needed most — to defend one’s life.

This revelation began my quest for training and ultimately placed me under the tutelage of Col. Jeff Cooper, the Father of Modern Pistolcraft and Founder of The American Pistol Institute — previously known as Gunsite. The Colonel’s weaponcraft doctrine rang loud and true for me. After thirteen week-long courses and thousands of hours of practice over a three year period, I held Jeff Cooper’s signature on EXPERT certificates in Special Pistol, Shotgun, Carbine, and Rifle courses.

I started at the bottom and trained to the top with the best in the world. Now you can too, if you so desire. Front Sight will more than satisfy your expectations or I will pay for your training. You have my personal guarantee.
— Dr. Ignatius Piazza
As my expertise developed, Col. Cooper’s teachings inspired me to reach others and thus Front Sight Firearms Training Institute was born.

A thirst for additional training and my search for an individual qualified to direct Front Sight’s curriculum led me to submachine gun courses taught by Chuck Taylor, who at the time was the only Four Weapons Combat Master in existence.

During the courses, I learned that Chuck was the Operations Manager in the early days at Gunsite under Jeff Cooper. Further inquiry revealed Chuck’s credentials and experience to be extremely impressive. What is even more impressive is Chuck’s ability to impart his knowledge to the class and bring the very best performance out of his students. I know this as fact because following the submachine gun courses, I spent over six months training with Chuck Taylor in an effort to prevail over what many have failed and most won’t even attempt — The Four Weapons Combat Master test.

The more I trained with Chuck, the more I realized that his unbending philosophy of training students with only tactically proven techniques bonded perfectly with Front Sight’s mission to train the warrior in you, while refusing to compromise integrity for commercial or political interests.

I am extremely proud to inform you that on August 28, 1993, I became the second man in the world to secure a Four Weapons Combat Master certificate and later secured Chuck Taylor as Front Sight’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

You can count on Chuck lecturing and instructing at every course Front Sight offers. The rest of Front Sight’s staff is drawn from law enforcement and military instructors with real life and death tactical experience — personally trained by Jeff Cooper and Chuck Taylor.

I have shared this information with you to illuminate Front Sight’s lineage and from our lineage, give evidence of Front Sight’s purpose and dedication.

Whether you just purchased your first firearm and need basic training or have handled guns for years and want to train up to the master level, Front Sight has the curriculum, facilities and instructors to bring out the most — and best in you.

Regardless of what the unenlightened in the world may say, remember this my friend — you are the weapon and your firearm is just a tool. Upon graduation, you will fully understand why Front Sight’s motto is, Any gun will do — if you will do!

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